Britain’s Got Talent is a TV show that premiered in 2007. Since then, fans have been treated to 13 thrilling seasons. Created by Simon Cowell, the show is one of the most popular televised competitions in the UK. Each year, contestants enter auditions with whatever talent they wish to demonstrate. They seek to impress a panel of judges to secure a spot on the TV show. The line-up of judges features the creator himself, Simon Cowell, along with Amanda Holden, David Williams, and Alesha Dixon.
All contestants that go through the auditions compete against others to secure a spot in the live semi-finals. The two best acts proceed to the final, with the winner getting a cash prize and a chance to impress members from the Royal Family in the Royal Variety Performance. Britain’s Got Talent is the most prestigious TV show in the UK, with winners including singers, musicians, dancers, and magicians.
Up to now, the show has produced 12 winners, some of them bona fide world stars. The winner’s prize for the past 6 seasons has been set at £250,000, down from £500,000 in 2012. Some of the winners include Paul Potts, Tokyo Myers, Attraction, and Jai McDowall. Runner-ups such as Susan Boyle have also had successful careers, highlighting the show’s reputation.
Britain's Got Talent 2019 Grand Final Preview
In 2019, the Britain’s Got Talent series produced a new set of programmes with something of a twist. The original idea has been so successful that it has spread all over the world with many countries picking up on the theme. America’s Got Talent is another major success but in the present day, there are editions in Ukraine, Czech Republic, Germany, Nigeria and many other nations across the globe.
With that in mind, the idea sprung forth to produce Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions. The series started at the end of August 2019 with the grand final scheduled to take place on October 5th.
The name is slightly misleading as, while there were many contestants involved from all over Great Britain, the Champions extended to welcome winners and other notable entrants from other parts of the world.
It all kicked off on August 31st with an emotional return for Ashleigh, the dog trainer who, along with her faithful canine Pudsey had won the nation’s hearts in BGT series six. Pudsey had sadly passed away but Ashleigh returned with another trained dog – Sully.
Other BGT competitors who made a return to battle it out in the Champions series included Stavros Flatley, Twist and Pulse, Ben Hart and Bars and Melody.
America provided a notable number of comedians but the most successful of them all was undoubtedly Preacher Lawson. Drawing comparisons with Eddie Murphy, Lawson made it through to finals night where he will be joined by nine other competitors.
Of the British contingent, Twist and Pulse, Stavros Flatley, Bars and Melody, Paddy and Nico plus the MerseyGirls make up exactly half of the entry. They are joined by Preacher Lawson, Darcey Oake, Alexa Lauenburger, Bello and Annaliese Nock and Kseniya Simonova.
The judges are the same quartet as we see for the regular Britain’s Got Talent show so get ready to welcome back Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon. It’s going to be an entertaining night but who’s going to win?
At the time of writing, markets have yet to open on the final of the Britain’s Got Talent Series but this may well change as the date gets closer. A spokesman from Ladbrokes gave their verdict on the final and while a search of their site failed to bring up any prices, they and Coral are usually the most likely destinations for novelty bets of this kind.
Coral are another bookmaker who have been speaking to the press without actually listing prices on their site. However, after speaking to The Sun newspaper, they have placed Bars and Melody as their short odds on favourite.
The singing duo first appeared as young boys in series eight but their new mature sound has clearly been a hit with the pundits.
Next is Alexa Lauenburger who has taken the art of performing with trained dogs to a new level. The young German entrant takes to the stage with a troupe of faithful canines and performs an incredible routine. Next up are the dance duo Twist and Pulse, followed by the Canadian magician Darcy Oake.
At an expected price of 6/1, Ukraine’s Kseniya Simonova interests us. She’s a sand artist whose works are mesmerising and a unique act of this kind may well cause an upset. Stavros Flatley are next at around 8/1 followed by the MerseyGirls and Paddy and Nico. Finally, the rank outsider is expected to be Preacher Lawson who Coral have put in the frame at 20/1.
In terms of picking out a winner, we suspect that the voting public will sway towards a British contestant and it’s hard to argue with Bars and Melody at the top of the market. We feel that Alexa Lauenburger may be a more deserving winner because her act is just stunning and there’s nothing like it. Meanwhile, there is a lot of love for Stavros Flatley and they can’t be ruled out.
We’d suggest, therefore, looking at Ladbrokes and Coral on the morning of the final and our preference would be for Alexa Lauenburger with a smaller stake on the fun dancing duo that is Stavros Flatley.
In terms of the regular Britain’s Got Talent show, there are no confirmed dates for the 2020 edition at the time of writing. However we do know that auditions were opened in May 2019 so it’s certain to return and is likely to take its place in the busy spring schedule around April to May.
Keep watching this space for updates both in terms of news and the betting markets as they reopen for one of the most popular TV talent shows ever produced.
Britain's Got Talent 2019 Betting and Odds Preview - expired
The 13th season of Britain’s Got Talent started on April 6, 2019, with the auditions scheduled to end on May 18. BGT betting is a highly popular pastime in the UK. Thousands of punters are excited to bet on the potential winner, with BGT odds publicly aired months before the event. It’s no different this year. A number of bookies have already provided the list of favourites, with every punter itching to get it on the action.
Does William Hill even need an introduction? One of the oldest and largest bookies in the world, Willian Hill is a successful operator based in London. Licensed by the UKGC and the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner, the bookie offers a great number of markets to bet on paired with industry-leading odds.
Apart from all the football matches and everything else William Hill has in its offer it is renowned for providing odds for specials such as Britain’s Got Talent. The Britain’s Got Talent odds this year at William Hill are favouring the Flakefeet Primary School Choir in front of Dave and Finn. The odds are 5/1 and 7/1 respectively. Mark McMullan shares Dave and Finn’s odds on the second spot, while Giorgia Borg has been given odds of 8/1.
At the back end of the list, Chucklefoot, Jimmy Tamley, and Sheila Callaghan are chained to the bottom at odds of 200/1. As you can see, they have almost no chances of winning the competition.
If you ask us, the 5/1 odds for Flakefeet’s Primary School Choir look like a great pick. If you want to take a bigger risk, Dave and Finn, Mark McMullan, and Giorgia Borg look solid.
One of the largest bookies in the UK, Coral has established its name since it was found in 1926. Now dominating the online betting market, Coral is home to dozens of sports and a large selection of markets. The bookie has millions of loyal fans across the UK and the world, constantly reinventing the game when it comes to betting.
Britain’s Got Talent is a part of Coral’s ever-growing list of sports. Just like William Hill, this bookie is giving Flakefeet Primary School Choir the biggest chances of winning the TV show at 5/1. The bookie can’t make out the second favourite – Dave and Finn and Mark McMullan are both listed at 7/1. Giorgia Borg comes next at odds of 8/1, while a trio of Jonathan Goodwin, Kojo Anim, and Siobhan Phillips are right behind with 12/1.
In the middle of the list, Elizabeth, Ethan Higgins, and Matt Stirling have odds of 25/1. Down below the list, Derek Sandy, Fabulous Sisters, Gonzo, and Guy First among others are equally listed at 100/1.
With so many competitors given the same chances of winning the TV show, we’re most likely in for another exciting season of BGT.
In 2015, Ladbrokes and Coral joined forces to create a dominating force on the British betting market. Just like Coral, Ladbrokes is one of the most recognizable names in the industry. It offers a great number of sports and betting markets accompanied by industry-leading odds. Offering a casino as well, it’s a total solution for any player.
Between the dozens of sports in Ladbrokes’ impressive library, special betting events such as Britain’s Got Talent stand out. There are no surprises among the favourite, though. The Flakefeet Primary School Choir still tops the list at odds of 5/1, while Mark McMullan and Dave and Finn still share the second spot with 7/1.
No surprises down the list as well. Giorgia Borg is still listed at 8/1, while the trio of Kojo Anim, Jonathan Goodwin, and Siobhan Phillips are listed at 14/1.
If you want a riskier approach, Barbara Nice and Elizabeth look like darkhorses at 25/1. The Vardanyan Brothers and Gomonov Knife Show are listed at 50/1 just like Jay Rawlings. On the bottom, Sheila Callaghan, Jimmy Tamley, and Chucklefoot are the absolute outsiders at 200/1.
If you’ve ever placed a bet online, you probably know Bet365. One of the most recognizable names in the industry, Bet365 is an absolute giant when it comes to online betting. Featuring industry-leading odds and all the sports and markets you can think of, it’s definitely a bookie you shouldn’t miss.
Apart from the dozens of sports you can bet on at Bet365, the bookie has decided to shake things up with a few specials. This includes the most popular show in the UK, Britain’s Got Talent. The odds, however, are not different from what other bookies offer. Flakefeet still sits on the top with odds of 5/1, but Mark McMullan is second at 6/1 in front of Dave and Finn who are given odds of 7/1.
Giorgia Borg has been pushed a bit down with 10/1, while Faith Tucker, Jonathan Goodwin, and Kojo Anim are given 14/1 chances to win the TV show.
The back of the list looks different as well. Katherine and Joe, Margaret and Dave, and Chucklefoot are the biggest outsiders with odds of 150/1 each. If you ask us, we’d stick to the top of the list. If you want a bit more risk involved, go for candidates aimed around 20 or 25/1.